A Gathering in Celebration of
Ohio Farms and Flavors

Sunday, August 30, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Maplestar Farm

10382 E. Washington St.
Auburn Township, Ohio 44023

The Farmers' Table is coming to northeast Ohio this year! Join OEFFA, organic farmers Jake and Dawn Trethewey of Maplestar Farm, and their long-time restaurant partners, The Driftwood Group, for a unique farm to table experience that celebrates Ohio farms and flavors. Guests will tour Maplestar's organic fields and sample carefully crafted hors d'oeuvres before sitting down to an exciting four course meal prepared by Erik Martinez, Executive Chef at Cibreo, featuring wine pairings. All proceeds will support OEFFA. Save your seat at the ​table!

Hors D'oeuvres

Flavors from the Field

Sample the very best of what Maplestar Farm has to offer! We’ll pick fresh from the field for the evening and let the farm’s bounty be our guide. Guests will enjoy three flavorful appetizers as they tour the farm and get intimately acquainted with how their food for the evening was grown. Tea, beer, and wine will be available to complement the experience.


This emerging menu will spotlight the freshest, local summer ingredients from northeast Ohio. The four-course dinner will be rooted in certified organic vegetables from Maplestar Farm, and include a modern take on a traditional fish fry featuring fresh Lake Erie perch, and a main course pork trio showcasing a pastured Berkshire/Chester White cross hog from Tea Hills Farms. Each course will feature a carefully paired wine.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

North Coast Fish Fry

Berkshire/Chester White Pork Showcase

Auburn Sweet Corn Custard Tart

We can’t give you all the details yet, because everything is subject to seasonal whims and Chef Erik’s creativity. Plus, we don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Maplestar Farm

The Trethewey family has owned and operated Maplestar Farm in Geauga County since 1940. Now celebrating their seventh year of organic certification, Dawn and Jake Trethewey sell sweet corn, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, salad greens, and other produce at the farm’s roadside stand, at the Geauga Fresh Farmers’ Market in South Russell, through a small community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and to restaurants. They have a close relationship with the Driftwood Group, supplying specialty produce to Hodges, Cibreo, Washington Place Bistro and Inn, and Welshfield Inn.

Maplestar Farm photos by Geoff Powers, Chagrin Valley Times

The Driftwood Group

The Driftwood Group is one of Ohio’s premier restaurant and catering companies. Their award-winning eight restaurants, food truck, and catering services—staffed by experienced and talented individuals—have exhibited a model of excellence and consistency of culinary arts in Cleveland. Owned by partners Scott Kuhn and celebrity chef Christopher Hodgson, Driftwood is proud of the relationships they have with local farms like Maplestar Farm, which provide their guests with the freshest and finest ingredients. Corporate Chef Chris Johnson is even known to visit Maplestar from time to time and pick his own vegetables!

Erik Martinez is the Executive Chef of Cibreo Italian Kitchen located in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. He has been a part of Cleveland’s culinary landscape for more than 20 years. He cites his mother and grandfather as important food influences and was allowed to tinker in the kitchen from an early age. The breadth of the culinary world fuels his desire for knowledge, offering new things to learn every day. The people, daily challenges, and chance to create are just a few of the things that continue to keep life at Cibreo rewarding. Erik has participated in many local fundraisers and charity events and is grateful for the drive and dedication of farmers like Jake and Dawn Trethewey. He joined The Driftwood Restaurant group in 2012.

Erik Martinez

Special Guest


Land of Milk and Uncle HoneyAlan Guebert, an award-winning syndicated agricultural journalist and OEFFA 2015 conference keynote speaker, will offer a hearty toast to local food. Following the dinner, he’ll also be signing his new book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey, and sharing stories. The book was recently included on Bon Appetit Magazine's 20 Food Books to Read This Summer, LA Magazine's Top 10 Summer Books for Foodies, and Food Tank's Summer Reading List.